dis·en·gage verb \ˌdis-ən-ˈgāj\
: to separate from someone or something
: to stop being involved with a person or group : to stop taking part in something
: to move (a mechanism or part of a machine) so that it no longer fits into another part
: to release from something that engages or involves
Examples of DISENGAGE
- The two dancers moved together in a series of quick movements before disengaging and leaping apart.
- Put the car in gear, and then slowly disengage the clutch while pressing on the gas pedal.
- If there is a malfunction, the gears will automatically disengage.
Origin of DISENGAGE
from Middle French, from des-
dis- + engager
First Known Use: 1611
Rhymes with DISENGAGE
, center stage
, golden age
, legal age
, mental age
, middle age
, report stage
, scarlet sage
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